Defending champion Luke Listing, Harris English, Justin Rose, Ryan Palmer and J.B. Holmes shall be among the many notables reviewed in Attracts and Fades.
You’ll excuse the artistic license beside Rahm within the No. 1 slot above, however actually, except you’ve been asleep beneath, say, a Torrey pine, you don’t want supportive proof. El tipo está en fuego.
Rahm’s success at Torrey Pines speaks to his consolation degree but it surely’s additionally a mirrored image of his match. Like Kapalua and final week’s triumvirate of tracks, there are 4 par 5s on each the North Course and the South Course. He doesn’t want par 5s to prevail, however they certain don’t harm together with his brawn.
Every of the 156 within the subject will play the North and the South as soon as earlier than the 36-hole minimize of low 65 and ties falls. After it does, solely the South shall be used for the third and fourth rounds. Throughout Saturday’s finale, the primary spherical of the Advocates Professional Golf Affiliation Tour’s Farmers Insurance coverage Invitational will start on the North Course. It’s two-round competitors will conclude on the South on Sunday.
Similar to the agenda of the week, the setups on every course are the identical as final yr, effectively, virtually. The gnarliest tough is up half-an-inch to 4 inches, and pending wind, the mix Poa-bentgrass greens might run to so far as 13 ft on the Stimpmeter. That might be six inches longer than common.
The truth is, the wind shall be flapping trousers throughout Thursday’s second spherical, and it’ll be pushing in from the northeast, so a daytime excessive within the higher 60s shall be warmest on this present day. The air barely will eclipse 60 levels the remainder of the time, it in any respect. A morning marine layer additionally can’t be dominated out, however with cooperative circumstances total, and with break up tees used on every course in each spherical, darkness shouldn’t threaten the completion of play.
At 7,765 yards, Torrey South is the longest course that hosts a PGA TOUR-operated match. Torrey North suggestions at simply 7,258 yards, however with heavy air alongside the Pacific Ocean, guys will respect the developments in tools through the years in order to not be hitting lengthy irons into most greens which can be just a little smaller than common.
Each programs are par 72s, however the North is significantly simpler, so would-be contenders must capitalize on it to take the strain off to compensate on the South. Final yr, the North averaged 68.769. In the identical two rounds, the South got here in at 73.013. Throughout all 4 rounds, the South averaged 72.350, which primarily hit the bull’s-eye of the transferring goal. The spike in scoring in 2021 (at 73.340) might be blamed largely by the affect of early planning for the U.S. Open that summer season, which, in fact, Rahm gained.
Luke Listing defends his solely PGA TOUR title this week. En path to 15-under 273, he carded a 68 within the second spherical on Torrey North. Within the FedExCup period (2007-present), all however one champion of the Farmers has gone sub-70 on the North – Brandt Snedeker with a second-round 70 in 2016. The irony is that Sneds co-owns the course file on the North with a 61 in 2007.
Subsequent week’s AT&T Pebble Seaside Professional-Am doesn’t have an open qualifier however high 10s on the Farmers will acquire entry if not already exempt.
NOTE: ShotLink is utilized solely on the South Course.
ROB BOLTON’S SCHEDULE
PGATOUR.com’s Rob Bolton recaps and previews each match from quite a few views. Search for his following contributions as scheduled.
MONDAY: Energy Rankings
TUESDAY*: Sleepers, Attracts and Fades
SUNDAY: Payouts and Factors, Medical Extensions, Qualifiers, Reshuffle, Rookie Rating
* – Rob is a member of the panel for PGATOUR.COM’s Professional Picks for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf, which additionally publishes on Tuesday.